The arrest of lawyer Madhaveshwari Mhase-Thube by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a bribery case has spelt trouble for her father SB Mhase, a retired Bombay high court judge and sitting president of the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, Maharashtra.
The CBI remand application alleged that Mhase-Thube and her accomplice Sunil Shirole had demanded a Rs30 lakh bribe from the owner of a company to get a favourable order from the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, New Delhi, "to exercise personal influence through SB Mhase, president of the state Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission".
Mhase did not respond to phone calls made at his residence. The CBI had arrested Mhase-Thube on Wednesday on bribery charges. She was produced before special CBI judge RR Deshmukh, who remanded her to police custody till October 17.
The agency had registered a case on October 7 against Shirole and Mhase-Thube following a complaint lodged by one Surendra Borker, ex chairman of Doddamarg Sahakari Kaju VA Madhayark Karkhana Maryadit, Sindhudurg. He had alleged that Shirole and Mhase-Thube demanded the bribe to get a favourable order from the national consumer commission through her father.
Two men, who had come to collect the amount on their behalf, were arrested on Monday and have also been sent in custody till October 17. The agency said that it has to ascertain the identity and role of others in this case.